Ranking the American League East: Who has the best first baseman?
As Buck Showalter began preparing the Orioles for the 2013 season, he made clear to them the No. 1 priority.
Showalter says he put the names of the other four teams in the American League East on the board down in Sarasota, Fla., and told his players that they can forget about everything else -- the primary objective is to find a way to finish above the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays in the standings.
As part of that, the manager told his players to look at the guys in the division at their specific position and find a way to be better than them.
So, how does the division -- likely the deepest in baseball -- stack up from position to position? This spring we're giving you an opportunity to vote for who has the edge at each spot.
Today, a look at the first baseman.
(If you missed our first poll on the catchers, click here.)
-- David Selig
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New York Yankees - Mark Teixeira( Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports / March 2, 2013 )
The Yankees will be without the Severna Park native and Mount St. Joseph alum for at least the first month of the season as he recovers from a strained tendon in his right wrist.
Teixeira, who turns 33 in April, is probably still the most talented all-round first baseman in the division when healthy. But he was limited to 123 games last year, and his 24 homers and 84 RBIs were the lowest totals in his four seasons in pinstripes.